Benefits & events

Rabbi Capers Funnye of Be’chol Lashon and Ben Robinow celebrate Sukkot at Osher Marin JCC in 2009.

Harvest festival, Marin-style

For Sukkot, the Osher Marin JCC will bring the community together to celebrate health and harvest. Discover the mystical side of worm composting with Urban Adamah, prepare a pedal-powered smoothie with Hazon, shop for local and organic produce at the Marin Community Farm Stand, and participate in a Zumba party. The JCC will be open and free (including the pool), with plenty of opportunities to decorate the sukkah.

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free.


Israeli folk dance party. Café Shalom presents monthly dancing and munchies. At St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave., S.F. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8.


Knitzvah. Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley hosts volunteer knitting and crocheting garments to donate to the needy. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 10:30 a.m.

Friendship Circle training session. For teens interested in volunteering with organization that supports special-needs kids and their families. At Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 6 p.m. or (510) 396-4285.

Poetry awards. Reception for winners of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards for poems on the Jewish experience. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 4 p.m. Free.


“Wartime Shanghai: A Microcosm of Eurasian Jewish Diversity.” Talk by Jonathan Goldstein, professor at University of West Georgia. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Free.